Jake Boss Sr.
Former Spartan captain was named team's Most Valuable Player in 2009.
Boss Sr., who has been coaching since 1967, is in his fourth year as a Spartan volunteer assistant coach.
MSU baseball program will host an advanced hitting clinic on Dec. 3 and three camps on Dec. 4.
Boss has served in several capacities at high schools in the Greater Lansing area, most recently serving as head coach at Lansing Catholic Central from 2002-2008. While directing the Cougars, Boss collected six district Coach of the Year honors and two regional and conference Coach of the Year awards.
Prior to leading Catholic Central, Boss earned valuable collegiate experience at Alma College and Eastern Michigan. He served as an assistant coach at Alma from 1999-2001 and at Eastern Michigan from 1996-1999.
Boss got his first head coaching job in 1973 at Lansing Everett High School where he enjoyed great success for more than 20 years. He coached the Vikings through the 1996 season and collected numerous honors in the process, earning conference coach of the year seven times (1976, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992 and 1996), district coach of the year four times (1982, 1986, 1987 and 1992) and regional coach of the year three times (1987, 2005 and 2008).
Boss' combined 29 years of head coaching experience netted more than 500 wins and he was inducted into the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994. He won three Diamond Classics, seven conference titles, 10 district championships, three regional crowns and one MIAA championship with Alma College.
Boss' success as head coach and his extensive knowledge of the game have also been recognized by Major League Baseball organizations over the past 25 years. He served as Associate Major League Scout for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1983-1996 and most recently as an associate scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He was inducted into the Greater Lansing Hall of Fame in 2009.
Boss earned his Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan in 1967 in physical education and his master's degree from Michigan State in curriculum development in 1974.